Tropenmuseum,Oosterpark (Amsterdam),Amsterdam

City breaks with kids: Amsterdam

January 27, 2017
in Kids

I’m bored! Amsterdam East, the “Brooklyn of Amsterdam”, offers a pleasant alternative to the usual tourist jaunts. Its recently redeveloped Oosterpark has a new public playground and terraced Grand Café De Tropen ). Right next door is one of the grandest, but lesser-known Amsterdam museum, the Tropenmuseum (adult €15, child €8). This anthropological museum houses an astounding collection of 175,000 artefacts and offers interactive exhibits and immersive experiences. My children’s personal favourites include the extensive collection of musical instruments for hands-on play, as well as the dozens of short films and educational games. At weekends children aged 4-12 can get crafty at the Travelling Tales exhibition. While Amsterdam is synonymous with cycling, I wouldn’t recommend a family biking tour in the busy centre. Opt instead for a “countryside” tour. Cruising the Dutch landscape in a bakfiets (the quintessential Dutch family bike or child transporter) puts an adventurous spin on the family biking experience. WeBike Amsterdam (four-hour group tour €32.50pp, under-2s free) offers family-friendly packages and private tours. Visit a picturesque Dutch village while pedalling past windmills and waterways. A huge hit with our family was the midway break at a cosy cafe with traditional Dutch apple pie. The National Maritime Museum (adult €15, child €7.50) colourfully investigates how the sea shaped Dutch culture and history and is popular with local families. Within walking distance of...

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